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Fairtrade call for council coffee

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Cllr Hood wants the authority to show a greater commitment to Fairtrade

A call has been made for a council to show its commitment to Fairtrade by changing its supply of tea and coffee.

Senior Labour councillor Mark Hood said all hot drinks bought by Fife Council should meet the Fairtrade standards.

He has congratulated the Catholic archdiocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews which has been awarded the status of Scotland's first Fairtrade diocese.

Cllr Hood said the authority should take its lead from the church and show more support for Fairtrade.

He has proposed a motion to be put to councillors at a meeting on Thursday and has asked Cardinal Keith O'Brien for his support.

The councillor's motion calls for the council to "strengthen its commitment to Fairtrade by going 100% Fairtrade with respect to the procurement of tea and coffee".

Cllr Hood said: "It is clear to me that it has been faith groups who have led the way on this issue and I am now glad to be able to help advance their work with this motion at full council."

The broad idea of supporting Fairtrade has been welcomed by the authority's leader, cllr Peter Grant.

He said: "Fife Council is already committed to the principles of fair trade and officers have been working for several weeks on proposals to strengthen the support we give to communities who want to go for Fair Trade status."

Cardinal O'Brien added: "I have witnessed much suffering throughout the world and I realise that every little counts. Consequently, whatever we can do to help those in need abroad will indeed result in large dividends for those who are suffering in so many different ways."

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